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Teach This Poem: "Spring is like a perhaps hand" by E. E. Cummings

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E. E. Cummings' "Spring is like a perhaps hand" offers young scholars an opportunity to try their hands at analyzing a simile. After a warm-up activity and a close reading of the poem, class members discuss what they think the poem is saying about Spring. They also consider Cummings' structural choices.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during April's Poetry Month
  • Assign groups other poems by E.E. Cummings and have them use the same noticing approach to launch their discussions
  • Ask class members to write a short paragraph or craft a poem that begins "Spring is like..."
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the Academy of American Poets "Teach This Poem" series
  • To learn more about the pedagogy behind the noticing method used in the series, instructors should read the linked teacher resource found in the Included Materials section below
  • Younger learners may need additional scaffolding to recognize the simile
  • Prep includes gathering 25-30 small items for the warm-up activity
Pros
  • The lesson includes a warm-up activity, step-by-step directions, and discussion questions
Cons
  • None